How Aware Are We?

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AS THE COMBINED Covid-19 cases reach a staggering 2 million and counting, global healthcare systems are being stretched beyond their limits. Initial public response to the pandemic was met with indifference in Penang and Malaysia, says Dr. Hor Chee Peng, Secretary-General of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society and a clinical research associate by profession. “Awareness of the virus only heightened when major clusters were identified, prompting the Movement Control Order (MCO) to be imposed by the government,” he says. “Malaysia’s first wave of the epidemic was largely imported cases from China, mainly tourists from Wuhan and other parts of the country, ...


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